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EDITORIAL: Campus marketplace

Join or contribute; we all have to do something

Published: Friday, August 31, 2012

Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 03:08

The count is approaching 1,000. That’s a lot of organizations for a single body of students. And about half of them will be under one roof Sunday afternoon.

MSC Open House is back in the MSC for the first time in three years — an opportunity every student, involved or uninvolved, should take advantage of.

Texas A&M University is just that — a University. Or in other words, it’s a marketplace of ideas. I know, that term can be abstract; however, Sunday is an opportunity to bring vague language down from the clouds and in to the center of campus.

To the involved: Those of you who are already a part of an organization (maybe several), or even leading one, must seek out your fellow students from the pot of hundreds of organizations that will also be setting up tables in the MSC this weekend. If we are to be a body of learners — not only reserved to the classroom — then students must harvest from an environment where ideas will be exchanged and traded, such as in a marketplace.

To the uninvolved: Again I say, the count is approaching 1,000. There are a lot of organizations, so pick one. Or, if you’re not a “joiner,” go to MSC Open House to find places in which you could contribute to the body of which you are unavoidably a part. It is a symbiotic relationship being a part of a body: the body needs hands and feet; the individual needs an education.

Featuring religious organizations, political groups, sports clubs and everything in between, MSC Open House provides the A&M student the opportunity to engage our diverse collegiate community on their own terms. While important, the college experience cannot be solely coalesced on the merits of an academic transcript. The vital component to our growth and development as members of society depends on our ability to channel our passions and interests into action and community.

So, let’s break in the MSC with a new kind of Open House, one that provides a fertile opportunity for students to learn and ideas to spread.

 

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